Drink. Eat. Repeat.
That’s about how my Seattle trip went. It was pretty cold and cloudy, what else was I supposed to do?
Okay, that’s a lie. We did a ton of other tourist-y activities (the Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture, the aquarium, Chihuly Gardens, etc.) but we’re not here to talk about that. On to the beer!
Breweries are listed in order of preference, so if you’re short on time in Seattle, work your way down the list to ensure the best beer consumption.
1. Cloudburst Brewing:
Fun story. It was thirty minutes before brewery closing, dark out and we had no idea where we were going. We stumble upon a sketch looking garage where this brewery is supposed to be. Do we go in? Are we going to die? We hold our breath and walk in. The things you do for a good beer…
Well we obviously didn’t die and it’s my #1 rated place, so you knew where this story was going. The beer was great! We tried the Cosmic Lust IPA and Market Fresh Saison– both rated over 4 stars on Untappd by us and that is rare, folks. Sadly, that’s all we got to try because we’re nice Midwestern people that wouldn’t make an employee stay late. So if you go to Seattle, I highly recommend stopping by and bringing me back a growler for this wonderful suggestion! I’m also pretty sure they recently won some “best brewery” award in case my recommendation isn’t good enough.
Also to note, from a quick glance at Google street view it looks a heck of a lot less scary than I remember it to be. My story is from May 2016 so either it’s changed or I’m dramatic. Either way, I say choose dicey places over “commercial” places. They usually have the best beer in my opinion. This leads me to #2.
2. Elysian Brewing:
As I said, commercial isn’t really my thing. This place was more like an upscale bar– give me a brewery in a garage any day! But I’m not here to put Elysian down, they are number 2 and they have great beer. Fun fact, Elysian’s brewer left to open Cloudburst so that explains why both are so great.
We grabbed a flight and tried Hubris Huge IPA, Loser Pale Ale, The Immortal IPA and Space Dust. Apparently I tried others according to this picture, but failed to log them on Untappd so now it’s like I never even drank them 🙁 So, based on what we know, Space Dust is the way to go.
3. Old Stove Brewing:
It’s right by Pike Place Market so it’s super convenient to stop by. We grabbed a bite to eat here and ordered a flight of 4. We tried the Galaxy Smash Pale Ale, Exceptional Circumstances Ale, Saison de Poele and IPA. Yep, just IPA. I have a big issue when people don’t name their beers but that’s a story for another day. Try the Galaxy.
4. McMenamins Six Arms
We hiked up a huge hill for this place. Well, we actually hiked the hill for the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room (which is a MUST see place that will make you sad you’re stuck with Starbucks as you know it) and this happened to be across the street- SCORE! We tried 6 beers here. Campfire Smoke Session Ale, India Pale Ale, Terminator Stout, Hammerhead, Ruby, and Jam Session ISA. Looking back, I think we were generous with our ratings but you’ll be across the street anyway and it’s worth a try.
5. Pike Brewing
This place is in the alley of the infamous gum wall. So like #4, you’ll already be here– why not stop in. I honestly don’t think the beers were anything special and it was more of a restaurant, so the combination put it last on my list. Personally, I would check out some other breweries over this one if you have the choice.
For the record, we tried Pike Stoup Collaboration, Morning After Pale, Pike Local Skagit, High Five Hopped Honey Ale, and Space Needle Golden IPA.
And that’s it! There’s so many more we wanted to try, but got beer-ed out/ran out of time. If you’ve been, I would love your recommendations for a future trip. Until next time.